Veteran ex-Rangers infielder Michael Young retires

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Arlington, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Veteran infielder Michael Young decided to hang up his glove rather than return to play for another season in a backup role, stepping away from the game to spend more time with his family.

Young, who still has a home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, split the 2013 season between the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting .279 in 147 games.

Young played 13 seasons and 1,873 career games with the Texas Rangers. He played in two World Series and ended up in 43 postseason games despite not playing in one at all until 2010.

He finished his career with a .300 batting average and a .441 slugging percentage. He won a batting title in 2005 with Texas and was named to seven All-Star teams. He finished in the top-10 of the MVP voting twice (eighth in 2004 and 2011) and won a Gold Glove at shortstop in 2008.

Known for his durability, Young never landed on the disabled list and averaged 155 games per season in his 12 full seasons. The most action he missed during a season was 30 games due to hamstring issue in 2009.

He came to Texas as part of a three-player deal with the Blue Jays for pitcher Esteban Loaiza in 2000. Young made his big league debut late that same season and then was a part of the Rangers’ lineup for good in late May of 2001.

Young was a consistent hitter, belting out more than 200 hits in six of his 12 full seasons in the big leagues, including five straight campaigns from 2003 to 2007.

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